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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Indigofera

Indigofera tinctoria Linn., Sp.Pl. 751. 1753. Baker in Hook.f.,Fl.Brit. Ind.2:99. 1876, Cooke,Fl.Bomb.Pres.(reprint ed.) 1:339.1958; Parker, For.Fl.Punj.ed. 3.128.1956; Ali in Bot. Notiser 111:567.1958.

Shrub, 60-120 cm tall, branches pubescent, hairs appressed. Leaves 1.2-12.5 cm long; leaflets 7-13, c. 5-26 mm long, elliptic or oblong, glabrous to subglabrous above, appressly pubescent below; petiolule c. 1 mm long; stipules small. Inflorescence a subsessile raceme, c. 5-12 cm long. Calyx c. 1-1.5 mm long, pubescent, teeth as long as the tube. Corolla pink. Vexillum c. 4-4.5 mm long. Fruit 1.8-3.8 cm long, c. 2.5 mm broad, straight or slightly curved, glabrous, 10-12-seeded.

Fl. Per.: November-December.

Holotype: Ceylon, Herb. Hermann vol.3,fol.20 (BM).

Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab, Sind); India; Ceylon; Burma; Indonesia; Philippines; Siam; Indo China; Malaya; Tropical Africa; introduced in Tropical America.

Formerly cultivated throughout the tropics for Indigo.


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